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UPDATE: Royals inquire about Ivan Rodriguez, who is “not ready” to join team

Mar 17, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

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UPDATE: Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that, contrary to Heyman’s report, the Royals have not made an offer to Rodriguez or invited him to camp. The club has “inquired” about the veteran backstop, but have also looked into “20 or more” players.

Hard to tell whether an official offer was ever actually made, but Moore told Heyman that Rodriguez is not ready to join the team right now. It’s not clear why that is, but I can’t imagine there are any other legitimate chances for playing time out there at this point. Perhaps he’s injured or just not in the proper playing shape.

4:35 PM: In Heyman’s latest update, Royals’ general manager Dayton Moore said he was told that Rodriguez still wants to play “at some point,” but is not ready to join the team right now.

3:45 PM: Heyman reports that the Royals “admit” they have called Rodriguez to express interest, but it sounds like they’re downplaying whether they have made an official offer.

2:49 PM: In the wake of Salvador Perez‘s knee injury, Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star speculated yesterday morning that the Royals could have interest in 40-year-old Ivan Rodriguez as a stopgap option behind the plate. It appears he was right on the money.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Royals are interested in bringing Rodriguez to camp, but that’s he’s currently mulling the opportunity and hasn’t decided whether he’ll accept the offer. It’s not clear if he is fielding offers from other teams, though Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reported yesterday that the Rays were expected to look for catching depth.

Rodriguez was limited to just 44 games with the Nationals last season due to an oblique injury, batting .218/.281/.323 with two homers, 19 RBI and a .604 OPS over 137 plate appearances. However, he managed to throw out 13 of 25 (52 percent) of would-be basestealers. The 40-year-old backstop is 156 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

If signed, Rodriguez would likely share the workload with Brayan Pena, who owns an underwhelming .251/.293/.359 batting line and a .652 OPS over 728 plate appearances in the majors.

  1. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    SHOCKING NEWS: Ivan Rodriguez is represented by Scott Boras.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 17, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      For the record: I made this comment before the update revealed Heyman was yet again bluffing for Boras.

      • D.J. Short - Mar 17, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        I understand the implication, but this would be a weird thing for someone to bluff about, especially when most think the Royals would be a decent fit and the team did actually did inquire about him. I can’t be sure whether the Royals made an actual offer — sounds like semantics, really — but it’s pretty moot if the player tells the team that he’s not ready to play.

      • D.J. Short - Mar 17, 2012 at 6:22 PM

        Basically I’m saying it would be silly to play games at this point. How many alternatives does Pudge have at this point of the spring and at this stage of his career? Giving the benefit of the doubt on this one.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Mar 17, 2012 at 6:27 PM

        Heyman has not earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to players represented by Boras.

      • D.J. Short - Mar 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM

        I hear ya, but I don’t see this as a Damon/Orioles situation, to name one recent example.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Mar 17, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    I know im in the minority, but I hope they don’t sign him.

  3. jwbiii - Mar 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Just because we may never have a reason to look at this again (Well, until he shows up on a HOF ballot):

    http://cache3.asset-cache.net/xc/81343662.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF8789215ABF3343C02EA5487A155C0A54EC6D5D7BA853D0BB62595A6610368632CBCBC2

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